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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Every addict is different; hence there is no universally effective therapy for substance abuse. Some women need to be in a residential treatment center as part of their healing journey. On the other hand, intensive outpatient treatment may be the best option for dealing with a moderate drug abuse problem.

Women with drug addiction or dual diagnosis can find help at New Directions for Women, a facility for women alone. They provide detox, inpatient, and outpatient therapy.

What is an IOP?

Patients in an IOP must commit to attending therapy many times per week for a certain amount of time each day. It’s a crucial step in the continuum of care because it incorporates the best features of inpatient care with the convenience of allowing patients to go home at the end of the day.

Most intensive outpatient programs are open Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings, and continue for 90 days. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) provide intensive therapy and care for patients who do not need round-the-clock monitoring but benefit from a higher level of structure than traditional outpatient rehabilitation centers.

Benefits of IOP

Here are four significant advantages of IOP:

Intensive Outpatient Programs help patients to continue their daily lives without compromising their therapy. Since they are flexible, these programs allow people to maintain their outside responsibilities. Therefore, people do not necessarily need to disclose to schools or employers that they are in treatment. It removes a significant barrier to care, allowing people to seek assistance without experiencing shame or stigma.

IOP therapy is far more cost-effective than inpatient care. Compared to residential rehab, the cost is significantly lower. This is due to residential centers, including lodging and meals for clients. People who have high out-of-pocket costs or who do not have health insurance would benefit significantly from this.

The involvement of loved ones is very recommended and essential throughout an IOP.  At-home patients lack access to traditional rehabilitation services. Therefore, they must rely on their own families to help them through the first stages of their recovery. Those with strong bonds with their loved ones may benefit significantly from this.

While focusing on recovery from addiction, people may keep up with their commitments by enrolling in an intensive outpatient program. They can do this since they don’t have to move out of their homes to attend therapy. Therapy sessions and treatment services occur only a few days a week during the daytime.

IOPs for substance abuse allow patients to maintain their current responsibilities, such as employment, school, and family life.

The Benefits of Women's IOP

Intensive Outpatient Program

Recovery Groups
Weekly Therapy
Relapse Prevention
Family Involvement

Criteria for IOP

Candidates for an intensive outpatient program (IOP) should have loved ones who support their recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Participants in intensive outpatient programs have the opportunity to strengthen their personal and social networks via consistent interaction with caring professionals. An IOP may not be the best option if the person does not have a solid support system.

Those who wish to get help for their addiction but still have other commitments should consider intensive outpatient rehab. There are a variety of characteristics that will determine who is accepted into an IOP. A candidate’s eligibility is determined partly by medical and clinical evaluation results. Medication management is an option that may be discussed with patients by the intensive outpatient program’s personnel.

If someone qualifies for an intensive outpatient program, they will get superior treatment while at a treatment facility. The rehabilitation clinic will explore other options if someone does not qualify for intensive outpatient treatment.

How Women Benefit from Gender-Specific IOP

Women may feel safer opening up in a  support group of their gender while working through recovery. Going through addiction treatment with people of the same gender may make a difference in the person’s success.

When two or more people of different sexes are close to one another, sexual attraction may develop. No new challenges should be presented to someone already struggling to overcome addiction. They may be less inclined to share their experiences if they develop feelings for another group member. Gender-specific IOP reduces potential disruptions to socializing and romantic development.

Women's Intensive Outpatient Program

Line drawing of a butterfly with NDFWClients who do not need round-the-clock medical supervision may succeed in a Women’s Intensive outpatient program. Even for those who have previously undergone inpatient treatment, this can be the next step that helps them stay clean.

Studies have shown that IOPs are an essential component of substance abuse treatment among women. This is because IOP programs provide a higher level of care than regular outpatient programs. Researchers have also shown that patients participating in IOPs are more likely to quit using drugs and alcohol.

New Directions for Women Addiction Center in Southern California

Our Orange County, California, an intensive outpatient program is designed for those who have trouble with their addiction but have access to a secure living situation, such as a sober living facility or a loving family. We provide intensive outpatient services at New Directions for Women throughout the day and evening. We also have a partial hospitalization program for people who need additional treatment. 

Individuals who have completed inpatient treatment might benefit significantly from New Directions for Women’s intensive outpatient program (IOP). Our IOP focuses on developing recovery skills and providing addiction therapy. 

Every member of our patient population deserves to experience the joy of recovering from drug abuse. The goal of our highly trained addiction treatment staff is to help people as they build a life of recovery.  

 Contact us to learn more about our program and how we can help. 

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Clinically Reviewed By:

Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

Heather most recently served as the Clinical Director of a gender-specific treatment center in Huntington Beach. She is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which serve the needs of our patients, many of whom have experienced both complex trauma and substance use disorder.

Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Alejandro Alva, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Alejandro Alva, M.D., Medical Director

Alejandro Alva, MD, has a focus on substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment and general psychiatric disorders. Dr. Alva earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and completed medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico. He then returned to California, where he completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Irvine.

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